Earlier this year Amazon released the Amazon Fire TV in the US and from today it’s available to order in the UK and Germany. The Fire TV supports Netflix, YouTube, Demand 5, Sky News, Spotify and Amazon’s video service (no BBC iPlayer yet). The box will cost £79, ships next month and if you are an Amazon Prime Member you can get the box for £49 for a limited time.
Whether we really need another set top box remains to be seen but it makes sense for Amazon to have a box to go with their services. You can order yours from Amazon.
Fire TV is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV for easy and instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Demand 5, Spotify, Sky News, Curzon Home Cinema, YouTube, low-cost video rentals and much more. With access to thousands of TV episodes and movies, plus your favourite subscriptions and streaming services, you can watch what you want, when you want. If you’re a Prime member, enjoy unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, including exclusives like Vikings, Extant, Ripper Street, and Alpha House.
Fire TV has voice search that actually works. The old way of searching with a TV remote—scrolling and clicking one letter at a time on an alphabet grid—is painful. With Fire TV you simply speak the title, actor or genre into the remote and you’re done.
Fire TV may be tiny on the outside, but it has huge hardware specs on the inside. It has a powerful quad-core processor, dedicated GPU, 2 GB of memory, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi. With a fast, fluid interface, high definition 1080p video, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, Fire TV looks—and sounds—amazing. We also added an exclusive new feature called ASAP that predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. No one likes waiting for videos to buffer.
As a bonus, we also added games. There are over three hundred titles to explore on Fire TV including blockbuster games likeMinecraft, The Walking Dead, Monsters University and Amazon exclusive Sev Zero, as well as great free games. To enhance gaming even further, we’re also introducing our newAmazon Fire Game Controller—a dedicated wireless game controller designed to take you deeper into the action, with even more titles to enjoy.
— The Amazon Fire TV Team.
P.S. We think everyone will love Fire TV, but it’s especially great for Prime members, who can enjoy instant, unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video. As a thank you to both new and existing Prime members, we’re excited to offer Fire TV for just £49, for five days only.